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1928 plane offering rides this weekend in Gainesville
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James Lester boards a 1928 Ford Trimotor plane Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport for a flight in the vintage passenger plane. Known as the "Tin Goose," the plane is owned by Experimental Aircraft Association. - photo by Scott Rogers

Did you miss your shot to take to the skies during the Cracker Fly-In? You’ve got another chance this weekend with the Ford Tri-Motor in Gainesville.

The Experimental Aircraft Association is bringing its 1928 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft to the Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville through the weekend.

The three-propeller aircraft will be at the airport through Sunday. Walk-up rides cost $75 for adults and $50 for children. Online booking is closed, but walk-up flights are still available at the Lanier Flight Center on 1660 Palmour Drive. Flights run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The aircraft was considered the first “luxury airliner” in the world, according to the EAA, which has a local chapter in Gainesville. The aircraft opened the skies to commercial travel and was nicknamed the “Tin Goose.”

After Gainesville, the aircraft will travel to Alabama and Tennessee.  

Walk-up flights on 1928 Ford Tri-Motor plane

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Where: Lanier Flight Center, 1660 Palmour Drive, Gainesville

How much: $75 for adults, $50 for children

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